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Reviewed by Lisa Tagaloa

Julie Lamb: When We Hang Out

Reviewed by Lisa Tagaloa

Julie Lamb: When We Hang Out

Third time in and it’s a charm. Fresh from debuting her way into the NZ Top 40 at number 10, there’s always one thing you can count on when it comes to Julie Lamb – expect the unexpected. Lamb’s eclectic taste in music and short attention span pushes her to experiment with different genres and vocal boundaries, so it helps to have an arsenal of masterful musicians to write with.

From the edgy crooning sass of Drive Me to the a capella stylings of the title track and the hip-swaying rhythm of Inhaling, the standout song for me is I’m Telling You No with its driving groove, lamentable melodies and emotionally strung vocals. While sometimes the backing vocals sound a little too front and centre, each song hands you over to the next in a way that flows and the overall mix feels both organic and modern underneath the ’70s-vibed umbrella. This album shows how much Julie and the team have grown over the years and is recommended for lovers of understated but attitude-laden classic rock, with a few twists.

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